Back in 2011, we heard that historic British automaker Bristol Cars was working on
an electric supercar
capable of reaching speeds close to 200 mph. The fact that the company had declared itself insolvent
only a few months prior to the supercar rumors left us with some major doubts, however.
Fast forward to today, and Bristol Cars, currently owned by holding company Kamkorp Group, which also owns Frazer-Nash Research, the company responsible for 2009’s striking Namir electric supercar concept
, is reportedly close to unveiling its own electric supercar--and this one's said to be production bound.
According to Autocar
, Bristol’s new supercar will be an extended-range electric car complete with four electric motors, an array of lithium-ion batteries and a Wankel rotary engine.
An outside firm is said to be responsible for the design, though it’s possible that elements from the Namir concept, which was penned by Italdesign Giugiaro, will influence the final shape.
Hopefully some of the Namir’s performance attributes also carry over; the original concept had a peak output of 298 kilowatts (400 horsepower) and was said to be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 186 mph.
When might we see Bristol’s new supercar? According to the report, possibly as early as the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.